Pacific Coast Explorer
5 nights from £529 per person - available 2018 & 2019
- In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
Explore the beauty of the Pacific Coast on this fantastic six day self-drive tour. Starting in Sydney, your trip will take you on a journey full of delicious food and wine in the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, stunning beaches in Byron Bay, beautiful landscapes in Lakes Way and Coffs Harbour, and even more before ending in Brisbane (ATS).
- Taste some of Australia’s finest wines in Hunter Valley
- Tuck into fresh seafood and relax on the beach at Port Stephens
- Drive through luscious rainforest along the Lakes Way
- Explore Byron Bay – one of the best beaches for surfing in Australia’s east coast
- Watch the sunrise in Byron Bay
Sydney to Hunter Valley (247km)
After collecting your car you will depart Sydney and travel north over the Harbour Bridge and onto the Pacific Highway. If you fancy a quick detour, the small towns of Gosford and Newcastle are utterly charming, the latter offering a lovely scenic walk along the foreshore. You’ll then drive via Maitland and arrive in the Hunter Valley, a wonderful area with an abundance of wineries – take part in a wine tour to taste test Australia’s finest wines, and tuck into gourmet cuisine.
Port Stephens (161km)
In the morning you’ll depart from the Hunter Valley and journey northeast to Port Stephens, a lovely natural bay over twice the size of Sydney Harbour, and enclosed by two soaring, dormant volcanic headlands. Whilst here, tuck in to delicious seafood and sunbathe on one of the 26 gorgeous golden sand beaches, or even take an afternoon cruise to see the Bottlenose dolphins.
Coffs Harbour (240km)
Today you will leave Port Stephens and venture north to Bulahdelah, the entrance of Myall Lakes National Park. You’ll then drive along Lakes Way, a picturesque route through the rainforest, with amazing views of inland lakes and ocean beaches, before travelling through the Manning Valley and Taree to Port Macquarie. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Coffs Harbour – this is the start of the sub-tropical northern coast of New South Wales, and a beautiful area where the surrounding district produces timber, vegetables, dairy, bananas and fish. In the afternoon, take a trip to The Big Banana, a fantastic display on the banana industry.
Byron Bay (240km)
Start by following the coastal highway to Woolgoolga, before turning inland towards Grafton, a charming old country town nestled on the banks of the majestic Clarence River. You’ll then travel to Woodburn and on to Ballina before reaching Byron Bay, a popular area for surfers and trendy travellers.
The day is at leisure for you to explore stylish Byron Bay. Take on the waves with an afternoon of surfing, tuck into fresh food at the restaurants and cafes, or simply relax on the beach.
Wake up early to watch the stunning sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, before leaving Byron bay and travelling north to Brunwick Heads. You then have a choice of routes: either continue along the coast via Pottville Beach and travel via the Gold Coast, or travel inland to Murwillumbah. There’s then a shorter, direct route to Brisbane, or you can drive via Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise for something a bit more scenic. If time allows, take a detour to the striking Gold Coast Hinterland, stopping at Lamington National Park along the way.
Your car is booked until the following day. You must return the car at the city or airport by the same time it was picked up on day 1, or you’ll be given an additional charge.
- Accommodation at a bed and breakfast basis (options of Standard, Superior or Boutique hotels available)
- Car hire with GPS
What’s not included
- International flights